Posted by: ensomabodyworks | November 28, 2011

Yogi Tea – The All Around Best Tonic for Health and Well-Being

I first heard of Yogi Tea practicing Kundalini Yoga.  I have since brought the tea to my Anusara Yoga community to raving reviews.  Not only does it taste great (like chai but better) it has wonderful healing affects on your body.   The tea recipe and comments come from http://kundaliniyogabootcamp.com/yogi-tea/

Yogi Tea is great cold in the warmer months and all Fall and Winter to warm your bones (but not this Fall….too hot!)

 

Yogi Tea

1 Gallon Water
30 cloves
30 whole green cardamon pods
30 whole black peppercorns
1 large finger of fresh ginger, thinly sliced (Marty uses mini food processor)
5 sticks cinnamon
1 teabag, Black Tea
*Milk and Honey to taste which is optional. (Marty ads honey after simmering is done so no need to do each single serving).

Bring water to boil.    Add all spices except black tea bag. Boil 30 -45 min. Longer is stronger.

Finally, add black tea bag and boil another 2-5 min(then remove) . **The black tea is added last because it amalgamates the spices and sort of seals them. Also the tannins help assimilate the spices into the body.

If adding milk & honey, do so after adding the tea bag and letting it steep– OR BETTER add milk and honey to individual cup or a small batch. That way you can store the raw tea in the fridge and prepare with milk and honey as you go.   After adding milk and or honey, bring to a boil again, then shut immediately or keep on lowest flame to keep warm.

**Milk (Marty uses almond or soy milk) helps to ease the shock of the spiciness on the stomach and intestines so drink with milk if you’re sensitive. Note: for a stronger tea you can let the spices sit and sink to the bottom. If the tea gets really strong you can cut it with milk or reconstitute with a little water.

I (Marty) usually make a big batch Sunday afternoons and it makes my home smell like warm spices for two days.

When Yogi Bhajan (the late Kundalini yoga Master) was a military commander in India there was an epidemic among the troops. He ordered all of his men to fill their canteens with yogi tea and drink nothing else, not even water. His Battalion was the only unit that didn’t get sick! Yogi tea purifies the blood, lungs and circulatory system. It cleans the liver and has many more unseen benefits. It’s good to drink this tea every day.

 

L’Chaim!  (to life and your health)

Marty

 

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